Authorities release name of woman killed on San Vicente Road

The female driver of this Kia Spectra was killed after spinning around a curve on San Vicente Road and sliding in the path of a propane truck, according to the California Highway Patrol. Sentinel photos/Karen Brainard

Authorities today identified a 19-year-old motorist who was killed when her car slid across a rain-slick Ramona road and was struck broadside by a tanker truck.

Amanda Jean Blessum was fatally injured on San Vicente Road near Wildcat Canyon Road shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Blessum was speeding when her silver Kia Spectra crossed over a double yellow line and skidded directly into the path of the International Propane Co. vehicle, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The trucker, 62-year-old Richard Leroy of Ramona, braked and swerved sharply to the right but was unable to steer clear of the hydroplaning sedan, CHP Public Affairs Officer Brian Pennings said.

Blessum, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Leroy was unhurt, Pennings said.

San Vicente Road was closed to traffic between Wildcat Canyon Road and Warnock Drive for approximately two hours following the accident.

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30 Comments for “Authorities release name of woman killed on San Vicente Road”

  1. Divelle Stacy

    Prayers to the family and to the driver.

  2. Jenn

    God bless this young lady and her family. My prayers are sent to help get them through such a tragic time.

  3. Debbie

    I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family of this young woman. My family and I send you our prayers. We would also like to extend prayers to the man driving the truck and his family, Blessings to all!!

  4. May the Lord be with the family of the driver as well as to the driver of the propane truck. My prayers are with you all!

  5. Anonymous

    I knew her and I don't believe she was in her 20's yet. It's a tragic loss. She'll be missed severly.

  6. Jenny Peckham

    Prayers to all involved…

  7. Kellie Marshall

    Our family said a prayer for this beautiful girl tonight…and her beautiful mother, father, cousin, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa and best friend. Anyone to whom she has touched lives and made a difference..anyone who felt good when being around her..she was an influence in your life. We pray that you all will keep your strong faith to help you try and understand why this happened…and start celebrating her, and the life she had and all the joy she has brought to all of you in so many different ways. We are thinking and praying for all of you.

    Chris, Kellie, Cameron and McKenna Marshall

  8. Richard

    Speeding, no belts. If this will be small car not pickup she will kill sombody alse. RIP, Prayers to the family .

    • @Mike I hired & trained Amanda for the past 2 months & she is very sharp! You can't rely on Facebook Photo's for anything! She doesn't drink and if you look closely to that photo, you can SEE that she doesn't have alcohol in her hands. Next time you decide to comment on sensitive issues like this you should do your homework. I drove that road today and that sharp left turn is very tricky even on a sunny day. @Dawg59 She doesn't even have a cell phone! You need to READ exactly what her teacher stated! @Reporters Amanda always wore a seat belt. I was in several vehicles with her as the driver and the first thing she did was put on her seat belt! If she truly wasn't wearing one then why was she still in her seat?? False Reporting!!! @Investigators Why is it that no one checked the Propane Truck drivers B.A.C. Level? I found a mini Smirnoff bottlle w/Redbull on tankers side of the accident!

  9. Rest in Peace Amanda.

    My Prayers for Lance, Sandy, Kirstin, Heather and Kayden. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all very dear to me. If there is anything I can do for you, I am here.

  10. Lisa

    How many more "children" need to lose their lives because of driving too fast, not wearing seat belts, texting, talking on the telephone, etc.. So many hearts have been broken along this stretch. It's not the road, it's the drivers. Parents, educate your children please. They best way is to drive by example. I have been cut off, flipped off and tailgated through here by adults with kids in the car more times than I can count.

    Prayers go out to all involved.

    • Very well said Lisa! You have to be an example and "preach it" to "kids" that drive all the time. It doesn't help when they see other drivers cutting off, flipping off etc etc.

      Just common sense, educate, and set an example whether you have kids or not. Use the head.

    • A concerned party

      Thanks for including your prayers to the family at the end of your comments. I have retread the article several times and while it does mention speeding and no seat belt, I missed any reference to her texting or talking on the phone as you have eluded to. I imagine this is hard enough for the families involved with out others editorializing or inserting their own unreported "perceived" facts into the mix.

  11. Brian

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  12. Allison & Sam Yo

    Sandy, I am still reeling from the news. Let it be consoling to you, Lance, Heather, Kayden, Kristen, Chase and your family that Amanda accepted Jesus some years ago when we saw Miles McPherson at Olive Pierce, as did Kristin and Heather.

    But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

    —John 1:12

    John 3:16-17

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

    —John 3:16-17

  13. Patrick O

    A beautiful life has left us. A family has lost their little girl / sister. All my prayers and condolences go out to the family.

  14. Joelle

    My prayers are with the family and friends of Amanda. I am Josh's aunt and met her this summer while I was visiting. She was a sweet young lady. God be with you.

  15. Michele

    My heart goes out to all involved. Not only has this young lady's family been incredibly hurt by this accident but so has the life of Mr. Leroy. This should be a time that we all take as a reminder to slow down and to remember that the weather changes the road.

  16. Michele

    Also, as a wife of a propane driver, I dread the thought of this type of thing happening every day. With a town as small as ours we need to stick together and not be rude to our fellow Ramonians. The local drivers serve our community at all hours of every day and are all hit by this type of event.

    I can understand the pain that this young girl's family and friends are feeling but it does not give them the right to flip other drivers off as they pass the accident scene. They are doing their job, which can be very dangerous at times. Please remember that we are all effected by the actions of others. Again, my prayers are sent out to ALL involved.

  17. Jeff, Krista, Sam &a

    Our hearts are broken for you, Sandy and family. We are holding you all very close to our hearts in prayer. May The God of All Comfort hold you securely in His Everlasting Arms.

  18. Sandy our prayers go out to you and family from me and my family in Arizona and Minnesota. Duke Blakstead called me and I called Craig and(Riz) Mike Somers.

    Greg Johnson


  19. Sandy chevalier (Mot

    Our family is very sad about our loss of our beautiful Amanda Jean Blessum! Please let our family grieve! This is a dangerous road, and Amanda was not the first victim to die on this road! If any of you travel this road, there are flowers, crosses, all up and down it! Our little girl had only had her license for one year! She was not experienced to drive in rain! Our prayers also go out to the other driver who tried to avoid her. Please, this was not someone who was texting, talking on her phone, which she had no cell phone in her vehicle. Some of us have years of driving experience. I as one, professional driver for fed ex 30 yrs. And a shuttle driver for the Courtyard by Marriott and have had a perfect driving record! Amanda had a terrible one time accident that took her life! Please let her rest in peace! Our family thanks everyone for being a part of our beautiful Amanda's life! We love you Amanda Panda!

    • Trudy Salinas - Chic

      Mrs. Chevalier,

      My aunt and I, sadly and unfortunately, came upon this accident just minutes after it happened. Once I realized what I was looking at…and recognizing that the style and color of the hoody your daughter was wearing belonged to a young girl…I began to pray for you and your family. All I could think of was the phone call you'd be receiving that day and as a mother myself, my heart ached for you.

      My hope is that your daughter, Amanda, will save many other young people's life and will serve as a horribly sad example of what could happen on San Vicente Road if driving a little too fast when the road is wet. Something good comes from something bad, and that, perhaps, is the blessing you can find from this…your daughter will undoubtedly save another child's life.

      I've told many people about Amanda…and have also asked them to pray for her soul…and for you, her family. May God bless you and your family this year, and draw you into the comfort of his love as you grieve and heal.

      I'm so very sorry for your loss…I will never forget your daughter, even though I never knew her.

  20. sharla

    Amanda's mother, never listen to anyone who is writing mean comments on this article or any regarding this tragic accident. I dont know who you or your family is, but I do know the Leroy family, and they are wonderful people. This is just a tragic accident for both families involved. Accidents happen, thats why they call them accidents. Thinking of both families during this rough time. Do not let the mean comments get to you, people are evil and until their in your situation, they have no right to comment on this tragedy. Celebrate your daughters life!

    • Lisa

      Amen! very well said. We all should be thinking of BOTH family's. I am sorry for you loss but Mr. Leroy has to live with this for the rest of his life what he saw that day. He is a wonderful man and he is not a fault it was just an accident. RIP Amanda god must need you. You will be miss. God bless!

  21. Sandy Eskridge

    I'm so sorry Sandy. Our prayers are with you and your family. If there's anything at all I can do to help please let me know. God Bless You. Always remember you are a good Mommy. I Love You.

  22. Danielle

    I'm so sorry :(

    We lost our 20 year old girl in 2008 on Scripps Poway Pkwy. She was driving too fast, and fell asleep at the wheel at the same time, 5am. Bless these kids hearts.

    Please slow down guys. I know many of us are guilty of speeding, no reason to judge her for it. Tragic, and many prayers to the family.

  23. sandy our prays are with you,

  24. sandy my prayers are with you and family hang in there.

  25. stephanie laninovich

    Amanda will be forever missed and loved by her family and friends. if you have a comment concerning what happened make sure you know the facts. i cant stand people who want to judge, let the family and friends mourne in peace and thank you too thoses who send there prayers.

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